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The RN to BSN program courses are 100% online to accommodate a working nurse’s schedule. Full and part-time options are available to provide flexibility for the working registered nurse. Faculty are available at SHSU main campus and at The Woodlands Center for questions and advising.

The RN-BSN Online Track is designed for the student who is enrolled in or graduated from a community college with a degree in nursing and is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN, or who has passed the NCLEX-RN, holds a current, unencumbered license as a registered nurse and wishes to obtain the baccalaureate degree. Earning a baccalaureate degree will open more doors in an RNs nursing career, allowing for positions of leadership and possibly further academic degrees.

There are three types of admission to SHSU’s RN to BSN program:

1) Unconditional Admission

2) Conditional Admission

3) Joint Admission while enrolled in a community college nursing program.

The table below illustrates the requirements for each type of admission.

Admission Type Application to SHSU Application to RN BSN Texas RN License Cumulative GPA Prerequisiste GPA 1Proof of Clinical Readiness Completion of all Prerequisite Courses

1  Proof of clinical readiness: Completion of all immunizations, CPR, liability and health insurance, background check, and drug screen prior to enrolling in clinical courses.

* Four of the pre-requisite courses may be taken following enrollment in RN-BSN program, but must be taken within one year.

RN to BSN (available Fall 2014)
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy 14
BIOL 2402Human Physiology4
BIOL 2420Intro Applied Microbiology4
or BIOL 3470 General Microbiology
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry 14
or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 13
MATH 1369Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 1369 Elementary Statistics
or MATH 1370 Intro to Biomedical Statistics
FACS 2362Nutrition3
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology 13
PSYC 3374Development Psychology3
Track Specific Requirements
NURS 3370RN-to-BSN Role Transition3
NURS 3040Older Adult Health Management3
NURS 3360Introduction to Research3
NURS 4030Community Nursing3
NURS 4060Leadership and Management3
NURS 4381Legal & Ethical Issues in Nurs3
NURS 4382Informatics3
NURS 4383Rural Health Nursing3
NURS 4384Nursing Genetics and Genomics3
NURS 4372RN-to-BSN Capstone3
Articulation Credit
ADN/Diploma Nursing courses applied to the RN-BSN degree32
Total Hours121

 Prerequisite courses from the Texas Core

Prenursing Prerequisites and Texas Core59
Nursing Credit Hours62
Total Hours121


BIOL 2401 is required for this degree and it satisfies the 4 hours of BIOL in Core Component Area III.

BIOL 2420 requires the prerequisite of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402, CHEM 1411 or CHEM 1406, or  BIOL 2401, CHEM 1411, and CHEM 1406 satisfy 4 to 8 hours in Core Component Area III.

BIOL 3470 requires the prerequisite of BIOL 1411 BIOL 1413, BIOL 2440CHEM 1412 satisfy 4 to 8 hours in Core Component Area III.

BIOL 2402 requires a grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 2401 and CHEM 1406 .

CHEM 1406 or CHEM 1411 are required for the degree and will satisfy 4 hours in Core Component Area III.

MATH 1314 is required for the degree and will satisfy 3 hours in Core Component Area II.

FACS 2362 requires a prerequisite of BIOL 2401.

NURS 3370 requires admittance to the RN to BSN program.

NURS 3040 requires the prerequisite of NURS 3410, NURS 3420, NURS 3430 and the co-requisite of NURS 3540 and NURS 3620.

NURS 3360 requires the prerequisite of NURS 3410, NURS 3430, and admittance to the RN to BSN program.

NURS 4030 requires the prerequisite of NURS 3620, NURS 3040, NURS 3540, NURS 3360, and the co-requisite of NURS 4520 andNURS 4540.

NURS 4060 requires the prerequisite of admittance in to the RN to BSN program for RN to BSN students; and NURS 4030, NURS 4520, NURS 4540, and co-requisite of NURS 4250 and NURS 4620 nor non-RN to BSN students.

NURS 4384 requires the prerequisite of NURS 3370.

Texas Board of Nursing Differentiated Essential Competencies and the SHSU Nursing Curriculum

For more information on Nursing School prerequisites and Texas Core, contact:

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 240114BIOL 24024 
CHEM 1406 or 141114HIST 130113 
MATH 131413MATH 1369, STAT 1369, or MATH 13703 
ENGL 130113ENGL 130213 
Component Area IX1Component Area VIII (Recommend PSYC 1301)3 
 15 16 
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL 2420 or 34704Component Area IV (Recommend PHIL 1301)3 
HIST 130213Component Area IX (Recommend SOCI 2319)3 
FACS 23623Component Area V3 
PSYC 33743POLS 230613 
POLS 230513  
 16 12 
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
NURS 33703NURS 43843NURS 43813
NURS 43823NURS 43833NURS 30403
NURS 33603NURS 40303 
 9 9 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterHours  
NURS 43723  
NURS 40603  
Total Hours: 89
Nursing Prerequisites and Texas Core 59
Nursing Credit Hours (32 credits transferred in from ADN and 30 credits in nursing taken at SHSU)62
Total Hours121

 Satisfies Core Curriculum.